Tobacco Interestes Outspend Anti-Tobacco Groups

Updated 1 year ago

A report by a Maine citizens’ group says tobacco interests have far outspent nonprofits and groups working against tobacco use in elections from 2000 through 2012. The report released Monday by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections cites figures from the state’s election watchdog agency, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, in compiling its figures. The citizens’ group says tobacco manufacturers including R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, and tobacco distributors and retailers spent $539,000 since 2000 in statewide campaigns for legislative seats and governor. During the same time, groups opposed to tobacco use, such as the Maine Medical and Maine Osteopathic associations, gave $118,000. The report comes out as two bills to increase taxes on tobacco products are being considered in the Legislature.


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